Suspected ringleader in Paris attacks killed, ID’d by fingerprints

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PARIS, FRANCE —  Papillary prints — which include prints from fingers, palms and soles — led officials to identify the remains of the suspected ringleader of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the French prosecutor’s office announced Thursday in a statement.

He was one of two people killed in raids Wednesday in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis, the office said.

Though authorities have confirmed the death as a result of Wednesday’s police raid, they don’t yet know whether he blew himself up, the Paris prosecutor’s office said Thursday.

French authorities found out only Monday that Abdelhamid Abaaoud was in France — and they were told by a non-European intelligence agency, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Thursday.

None of the European countries Abaaoud could have passed through communicated intelligence to France, he said. The Paris attack took place Friday, and Abaaoud was killed in a predawn raid Wednesday.

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